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York Cold War Bunker

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Address: Monument Close, off Acomb Road, York YO24 4HT, England
Phone Number: +44 1904 646940
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Description: Experience the threat of nuclear war at York Cold War Bunker! On a...
Experience the threat of nuclear war at York Cold War Bunker! On a fascinating guided tour, learn how volunteers would have played a vital role in ensuring that Britain could survive a nuclear attack. The atmospheric 1960s semi-subterranean bunker is just as it was when stood down in 1991, and the one hour guided tour is enhanced by a short film. Summer opening (April - October): Wednesday - Sunday, plus bank holidays, between 10am and 6pm. Entrance by guided tour only, at the following times: 10:00, 11:15. 11:45, 13:00, 14:15, 15:30, 17:00.
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Fascinating trip into the dark days of the Cold War and how expendable the Government thought its volunteers were. The bunker has to be visited at specific times for guided tours... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Galashiels, United Kingdom
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Galashiels, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Fascinating trip into the dark days of the Cold War and how expendable the Government thought its volunteers were. The bunker has to be visited at specific times for guided tours so check times and if arriving by bus from city centre have a good idea what stop to get off at as bus drivers dont seem to know it... More 

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Interesting visit to see how we would have attempted to cope with a nuclear attack.Facility's are pretty basic, only to be expected as the bunker is as near to how 60 people would have spent 30 day living in cramped and volatile conditions.

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Romford Essex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

A tour of the bunker with a knowledgeable guide and what would have occurred had the 'unthinkable' happened. Lasts for about an hour with a short film half way through. The film might not be advisable for the squeamish or those with young children as it shows depictions of the affects of a nuclear blast (Which are actors with make... More 

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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

It was very busy when we visited but the staff and guide were fantastic. Very knowledgable and added humour to the talk. Visit took about an hour. Our children are 7 and 9 and were a bit too young really but still found things that interested them. I would suggest that the video is suitable for children older than ours-... More 

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This tour lasts around an hour, it took us around 38 mins to walk from the centre of York to the location. The building is owned by English Heritage, so anyone that is a member can gain entry free. It is surrounded by a residential housing area but, google maps on my phone took us straight to it. Make sure... More 

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

A well spent hour involves a fully guided tour around the well preserved bunker. Our guide was highly knowledgable and conducted our visit at a perfect place, allowing time for reflection and any questions. As you will see, the site, thankfully, was never used for its real purpose and you will leave pondering on what might have been. If you... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Tucked away so you will need satnav. Was quite a lot of people when we was on the tour so quite crowded. But it was a very good tour, the guide was fantastic and very informative. It lasts about an hour. Would also like to mention that the staff were great when my 9 year old son felt ill whilst... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We were there bright and early, really strange seeing a bunker in the middle of a housing development! What a great tour, there were only two of us a very personalised tour indeed. My Dad was in the ROC so it was great to see the York command centre as he was out in the Barwick in Elmet post from... More 

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RachaelBowers, Manager at York Cold War Bunker, responded to this review

Hi Richard, Thanks for coming down and visiting us, it was so interesting to hear about your Dad's time in the ROC - I'll be pinching some of those anecdotes for my tour! Hope to see you again sometime, Rachael. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Beautiful cathedral recomend that you take a guided tour because you will get so much more out of the cathedral. Look for the little plaques on the roof.

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Columbus Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Tour guide was great. Bunker wasn't much, worth going to if your have the extra time. I wouldn't use precious time to go here. I've been to nuclear bomb bunker's before in the states so therefor this was alittle more of a bummer for us. Parking is free. Place can be hard to find, its in the middle of a... More 

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